Lisa De Pasquale

Mia Love is a former mayor, avid runner, mother, and has a penchant for straight talk. She also stunned the political world with her meteoric rise to success. There are sure to be comparisons to another conservative woman leader.

Love is running against Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson for Utah’s 4th district congressional seat. In response to last week’s news that for the 42nd consecutive month unemployment is above 8 percent Love said, “Jim Matheson has repeatedly touted his vote for the stimulus. Yet, here we are, three-and-a-half years later, and the unemployment rate is the same as it was when Matheson fell in line with the rest of the big-government Democrats to pass Barack Obama’s stimulus scheme. Jim Matheson and Barack Obama’s stimulus plan has done nothing but add to the mountain of federal debt that Washington’s reckless spending has left for Utah’s future generations.”

Due to Love’s charisma and the potential for Republicans to gain another seat in the House the race has caught the attention of conservatives from across the country. After hosting a fundraiser for her campaign, Rep. Paul Ryan said, “Mia has a great opportunity to extend the message of liberty and economic freedom in ways that a lot of us can’t, and we’re excited about that.”

Love was born in Brooklyn, NY to immigrant parents from Haiti. The family eventually moved to Connecticut, where Love attended the University of Hartford. While in school, she met her future husband, Jason, who was in Connecticut on a mission trip. After graduating, they married and moved to Utah.

In Utah, Love served two terms on the Saratoga Springs city council. After serving during a time of economic downturn and making tough financial decisions to keep the city running, Love was elected as mayor.

The 2010 election ushered in a fantastic group of conservatives like Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Allen West, Raul Labrador, and Sean Duffy. With leaders like Mia Love on the horizon, 2012 is sure to bring about an even more energized freshman class to Congress.

Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. If there were a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

The Avengers.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?


Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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